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Language research based on school education and innate language abilities.



How come that so many people are not able to speak a foreign language after graduating from school? This is the most usual question so far, but no one has given a proper answer yet. Is it so hard to pick up basic linguistic knowledge? Maybe the educational program and school methods are to blame? Well-educated mentor and his efforts aren't enough to encourage students to learn? The question is ''Are we even able to indicate a problem related to this mystery?''. After running some researches the problem seems much deeper than it is supposed to be. First of all, we may pay attention to the fact that respondents in the survey aren't able to choose just one or two factors that are responsible for this issue. In some parts of the questionnaire, yes or no answers weren't enough as well as it showed how voluminous the issue is.

What are the results of this research?


Learning a foreign language is usually a big challenge - it can take several years indeed. Despite many years of effort, it may turn out that you are still unable to communicate with other people in a foreign language. The reasons for this may be, among others; certain internal language barriers, methods, educational techniques not suited to individual needs or predispositions, insufficient motivation on the part of mentors, unsatisfactory educational programs or unsatisfactory teaching methods. In order to obtain opinions on the above-mentioned issues, we conducted an anonymous questionnaire in which we received 44 answers to each question asked.


Our first question was: "Do you think that the knowledge you received in primary school about foreign languages has enriched your linguistic skills?" As many as 56.8%, - 25 people, claim that the knowledge of foreign languages which was passed on to them in primary school did not enrich language skills sufficiently. 22.7%, - 10 people, selected the option "No". The number of people who are not satisfied or not satisfied enough amounts to 35/44 people, that is 79.5%.


Another aspect analyzed for the respondents to our questionnaire is the satisfaction of the method of teaching foreign languages in schools. Most, because as many as 40 people, 90.9%, answered that they were not satisfied - only 4 people, 9.1% answered that they are. In connection with this disproportion, it is worth analyzing the answers to the question "Do you think that private lessons are more effective than teaching foreign languages in schools?". And here We can notice a very large predominance of one answer - 41 people, 93.2% of respondents, believe that private lessons are more effective than teaching foreign languages at schools. It is known, however, that private English lessons are paid (if they are not financed, for example, from the public budget), so not everyone can afford this type of education.

Who is to blame?


The last question provides paramount knowledge based on the conducted research but was only mentioned in order to give you a clearer vista of the received information. What do you think is the cause of poor language skills? (Supplementary question)''. 43,2 % (19 surveyed) have answered that not the only poor program of studies but also the lack of motivational technics used by linguistic mentors are responsible for poor linguistic knowledge. 29,5 % (13 surveyed) think that the educational program has visible deficiencies and is not working successfully for everyone. Further, 11,4 % (5 surveyed) recon that lack of motivational technics is responsible for poor knowledge that people own. Only 4,5% (3 surveyed) judge lack of innate linguistic abilities.


Do I need to be motivated? Do I need any tools to improve the results of gaining this knowledge?


Well, the question is as simple as the answer. Motivation is a paramount factor in the whole process which is simply called ''learning''. Without motivation, we aren't even able to leave the bed so how come to learn a foreign language without it?


When it comes to useful tools, we should pay attention to polyglots' recommendations. As we know there are various ways that are helping with the whole educational process but unfortunately not every method was created with the aim of learning languages. Besides, not every method will work for you, as we all have different expectations and brains. For some, flashcards are enough successful while for others memory maps will work even better.

Examined by: Klaudia Matera and Patrycja Oleś.

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